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November 29th, 2012

‘Just Like Art’ VC Resident to Showcase Nativity Collection

November 29, 2012

Valley City resident Sara Anderson Moore collects many things, but her most prized is her collection of nativity scenes — a collection with more than 300 pieces.

But Moore doesn’t keep her collection to herself. She’s excited to show them to others at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Valley City during an open house nativity set display from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. Moore plans to show some of the sets she owns, and others will show their nativity sets too.

Boosters Raise $15,000 for Athletes

November 29, 2012

Generous area farmers helped the Griggs-Barnes County North Titans football team raise more than $15,000 last month.

During harvest this year, 23 farmers from the Hannaford and Cooperstown areas donated enough grain to fill more than two semi-trailers, totaling more than 2,250 bushels.

The fundraiser was organized by athletic booster club member Kelly Hanson. As the parent of children who played football for the Titans, Hanson was musing with some friends last year about how to raise money for the team.

November 28th

John Deere Breaks Ground on Expansion

November 28, 2012

John Deere Seeding Group broke ground Tuesday on a significant project at its factory in Valley City. The new $20 million expansion will increase the factory that was built 15 years ago by an additional 100,000 square feet, bringing the building to over 325,000 square feet.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple joined John Deere officials and Mayor Bob Werkhoven for the celebration.

John Deere’s expansion is part of a major Interstate 94 Regional Development Corridor project by the Barnes County-Valley City Development Corporation.

County Plans to Stick to 9-1-1 Plan

November 28, 2012

In spite of reports from another media outlet, county commissioners currently do not plan to take over operations of the 9-1-1 system by Jan. 1 according to Barnes County Commissioner Eldred Knutson. The commission will, however, consider taking over financial oversight of the public safety answering point by Jan. 1 at its next meeting.

According to County Commissioner Eldred Knutson, Jan. 1 was his personal goal, but the county commissioners will keep its deadline of July 16 for taking over 9-1-1 operations from the City of Valley City.

Annual Decorating Contests Begin

November 28, 2012

Valley City’s annual home decorating and business decorating contests for the holiday seasons sponsored by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce have kicked off, said Kay Vinje, office administrator for the Chamber and Valley City-Barnes County Development Corp.

Vinje said Tuesday the Chamber is now asking for nominations for entries in the two contests.

“Anybody can call in and nominate their own home or business or somebody else’s.”

November 27th

St. Kate’s Holiday Concert Set for Thurs.

November 27, 2012

St. Catherine’s Christmas Concert is a traditional way that people in Valley City start the holiday season, according to Christopher Redfearn, Director of Choral Activities at Valley City State University.

The free concert will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Church in Valley City.

“As soon as you hit December, everybody’s schedule just becomes very crazy,” Redfearn said. “We like putting this concert early in the season so that people can get into the holiday spirit.”

BC Food Pantry Needs Donations

November 27, 2012

The Barnes County Food Pantry is appreciative of all the local efforts from businesses, churches, schools, churches and individuals who have helped so far this season, but is still in need of food and monetary donations.

Jo Ann Korf, site manager for the Senior Citizen Center which operates the food pantry, said Monday dollar donations and more food are still needed.

Korf said the demand for services has increased in recent months, “and our fund is down.”

Didier Appointed County Auditor

November 27, 2012

Barnes County Commissioners appointed Beth Didier as county auditor during a special meeting on Monday.

Didier, who lives near Eckelson, is currently employed at the Valley City USDA office as a rural development loan specialist. Didier has a business degree from Valley City State University and worked at the Barnes County Auditor’s office as deputy auditor for nine years. In 2002, Didier ran for the office of auditor but was unsuccessful. This will be a homecoming for Didier, she said.

Stacking Logs Along the Sheyenne

November 27, 2012

LEFT: This stack of logs will be put into the Sheyenne River bank near City Park as part of a riverbank stabilization project that uses bioengineering.
RIGHT: Crews from Star Enterprises stack logs on top of rocks and fabric as part of a riverbank stabilization project.

November 26th

VCSU's Horner named top assistant in NAIA

November 26, 2012

When Valley City State University assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Horner found out earlier this year that he had been nominated to received 2012 NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year award, he was humbled but didn't necessarily keep it at the forefront of his mind.
"That, to me, really was the was the end of it," Horner said. "I never really thought that it would go on and I'd end up being named the guy."
Turns out, the nomination from VCSU head coach Dennis McCulloch wasn't the end of it.

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